Once the days of acne are over, sufferers look forward to waking up to peachy-perfect skin, however this isn’t always the reality they’re hit with. Acne can often leave its mark in the form of a scar.

Identifying Acne Scars

Ice Pick Scars

Ice pick scars are characteristically thin/narrow and deep. Because of their depth, they’re perhaps the most difficult to treat and to disguise. Ice pick scars tend to be a result of severe, inflamed, cystic acne.

Ice pick scars, along with rolling and boxcar scars, fall under the ‘atrophic’ scar category which means they’re sunken in the skin, as opposed to being a raised scar (hypertrophic).

Rolling scars

Rolling scars appear as very shallow indentations on the skin and can make the surface of the skin appear uneven. They look like multiple scars, rolled into one uneven surface. They’re caused through underlying damage to the skin and a lack of collagen, which means as the skin ages, the appearance of them can worsen.

Boxcar scars

Boxcar scars are similar to rolling scars in that they are shallow indentations, however their edges are more defined and individual scars are easier to spot.

Keloid scars

Keloid scars fit under the ‘hypertrophic’ category – hypertrophic scars are raised, bumpy and mimic the acne that caused them (without the red, inflamed appearance). They are a result of the body trying to heal, but is caused by the proliferation of cells and collagen.


Although hyperpigmentation technically isn’t classed as a scar, it’s very much like them! Hyperpigmentation marks lie flat on the skin – they’re neither raised nor depressed. They look like a discoloured, pigmented mark on the skin, left behind due to an overproduction on melanin, which unfortunately tends to occur more frequently on non-Caucasian skin.

Sun exposure can worsen the appearance of hyperpigmentation, so regular use of a natural sunscreen is recommended.


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